Keith Downie - My Hearts XI
Updated: Feb 14
Tough competition in the shape of Craig Gordon & Gilles Rousset. Despite Niemi never winning anything at the club, my abiding memory is of the Finn making save after save that defied logic.
I always felt he was too good for us, but I loved how humble he was about being the Hearts goalkeeper.
Slightly out of position at right back, but I actually enjoyed him playing there under Jim Jefferies. A class act in terms of ability and so versatile too.
I wanted my two full back bombing forward hence why I have opted for Flogel ahead of Alan Mclaren & Walter Kidd.
My mates used to always say I looked like Flogel when I was younger, plus he wore my lucky number 14.
The ultimate captain and would wear the armband in my side. Not blessed with great pace, but a true professional and loved the club.
It meant so much to him to lift the cup in 2006. He's also a great guy
I remember interviewing him once as Falkirk manager & he sent me a text afterwards to thank me for coming to have a chat with him. Sometimes it's the little things.
I remember watching Craig Levein as a kid and marvelling at his ability on the ball for a defender.
My dad used to always say he was the best player he'd ever seen come through the ranks at Tynecastle & it was a crying shame that his career was cut short due to persistent knee injuries.
Was a toss-up between Levein & David Weir but Levein gets the nod due to childhood nostalgia.
What a brilliant two years at the club. This guy had the lot. How we managed to sign him I'll still never know.
Every aspect of his game was brilliant and he seemed such a great character around the club too.
He will go down as one of Hearts greatest ever signings.
Was a tough pick as I loved Gary Naysmith as well but Fyssas was world class.
I would play Rudi Skacel out on the right with the freedom to float inside & play off the strikers. This would also allow Flogel to overlap outside him.
This man was just brilliant for the club, could score from any angle & was always up for the big occasion.
I'll always remember celebrating his goal against Hibs on his home debut and appearing on the back pages of the national newspapers celebrating with my mates in the background.
In that 2005/06 season Paul Hartley was something else. The hat-trick at Hampden was ridiculous & the way he took control of matches was a sight to behold.
He had a very old school style that I loved including even his running style & the way he tied his boots up.
Haunted Hibs time & time again & was at the peak of his powers while a Hearts player. Crazy to think he was a free transfer signing for Craig Levein.
Colin Cameron was a very similar player to Hartley so I hope they would gel together, but I couldn't leave him out.
His goals, his late runs & his cool penalty against Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final stand out & he was untouchable during the 1997/98 season.
A goal every three games from midfield is a superb return, and a great guy whenever I have met him since.
Neil McCann was another bargain signing for Jim Jefferies who went on to play at a top level both sides of the border.
Unplayable when running at defenders and struck up a great partnership with Colin Cameron.
Would have loved for him to stay longer & was gutted when he moved to Rangers but without doubt one of the finest players we have had at the club. Had so many goals and assists to his name during the 1997/98 season.
Robbo "The Hammer Of Hibs" was always a certainty to appear in my team. My hero growing up & an utter club legend.
His goals against Hibs, his goals against everyone, his passion for the badge.
My abiding memory is screaming for him to be brought off the bench during the 1998 Scottish Cup Final and then crying when he lifted the trophy.
Stephane Adam deserves his place in the team for his cup final goal alone, but did so much more during his time with the club.
Was happy to let others grab the headlines & went about his business with class. He was the perfect team player.
Alan McLaren - saw his debut as a 16-year-old and became a friend in later life. An awesome defender.
Gary Mackay - Club legend and only missed out on a place in starting XI due to the brilliance of Cameron & Hartley.
John Colquhoun - My game changer from the bench & a brilliant servant to the club.
Mark De Vries - Just missed out on my team and really got everything that the club was about in a short space of time.
Roman Bednar - Similar to Stephane Adam and made a huge impact at the club.